Korean MMO developer Pearl Abyss has opened a new studio in Manhattan Beach, California.
The Black Desert Online creator’s new office marks another step in its plans for global expansion, following the acquisition of Eve: Online developer CCP Games for $425 million.
Pearl Abyss' new location will serve as a staging ground for the company in the West, as it aims to push for a larger global presence.
“The Manhattan Beach office will serve as an important regional office for Pearl Abyss’ continuing growth and success, and our self-publishing efforts in the western market,” said Pearl Abyss senior VP Jeonghee Jin in a statement (via Variety).
“We have a large roster of talent to draw from in the Los Angeles area and look forward to the next phase of our growth in the global market.”
But there’s a precedent for Korean publishing giants biting off more than they can chew in moving West. Back in February, Nexon America laid off roughly one-fifth of its staff, following the high-profile failure of Lawbreakers. The firm is still making Western investments, however, such as Patrick Soderlund's new venture Embark Studios.
Pearl Abyss’ CCP acquisition is likely a safer bet - both companies know the MMORPG field and have been keeping their respective flagships stable for years.